Brief review of my last three live tournaments:
-I start at a very tough table in the 5k six-handed and bleed chips until the table breaks. I double up AQ > 55 the last hand before that table breaks. I take my 11k to 22k at my new table and then slowly hover and bleed away until I inevitably bust shoving the T6o with 9100 chips at 600/1200/100.
-I ran my stack up to 9k early in the 2k, then gave away a bunch of it check-shoving 77 on a 468 flop in a reraised pot. AA good. Oops. I short stacked the rest of the day until that table broke; the third hand at my new table I open shove 99 from the SB with 2200 chips at 100/200/25. A young-ish Euro calls with A2 and flops 345.
-The $1500 actually had a lot of interesting hands. I couldn't find my wallet this morning, so I showed up an hour and a half late, but I more or less short stacked until I caught a huge rush at 100/200/25 and ran it up to 17.5k, then lost it all, the last 5/6 of it or so on standard plays and/or plays where I got my money in as a large favorite.
I actually had a lot of fun at my starting table in the $2k. JaspudUF and the other two guys on our side of the table made for great conversation. We had a good time and a lot of laughs-- one of the things I really appreciate about live poker. It isn't always like that, but that's when it's really fun.
I'm gonna grind Sundays online tomorrow. I'm definitely taking a break from poker before the ME, and from tournaments after the WSOP is over, but I feel my tournament game is sharp and my edge will be biggest there tomorrow.
Remind me to post some of the hands in more detail. I don't have too many questions, but they make for fun stories.
I busted the $1500 today about 3 1/2 hours in; I donked my stack down to 600 at one point, fought valianty back, then lost A9 < QJ and A3 < A4 to end it.
I felt like I still had some poker in me, though, so I fired up an online session.
...I was right! I took 2nd in the Stars nightly $100k and 1st in their $55 50k. I took a series of gross beats HU in the $100k, but won a long battle in the $55 where I blew a chip lead, fought back from down 3:1, and eventually closed out.
It feels like. I definitely ran good-- I picked up hands at the right time and won some crucial flips. But I felt my play on the whole was solid, in retrospect. I feel like a few days here, playing lots of poker and surrounded by poker players, as well as a day of rest, is keeping my game sharp.
I'm gonna try to wind down now. I'm debating whether to play the Sundays or the $3k at the WSOP.
Well, I arrived Tuesday night and jumped right into Wednesday's 5k and Thursday's 2k. In each tournament I made it to the break after dinner with 12.5k going to 500/1000/100, and each time I busted 15-20 minutes into the level, with about 80% of the field gone.
So I've played two eleven-hour days and had no cashes. I think I'm playing mostly well, although I made several mistakes each day that I could have avoided. I absolutely have to clean those up; mistakes in NL tournaments are incredibly costly.
I'm taking the day off to do just that, rest and relax before hitting Saturday's $1500.
I do have some interesting hands I played, but I'm too tired right now to describe them in anything but shorthand, which makes for terrible reading. Plus, I've talked about them incessantly today. I'll post them tomorrow.
Full Tilt Poker Game #6601960394: $14,000 Guarantee (Rebuy) (49477142), Table 6 - 100/200 - No Limit Hold'em - 18:16:42 ET - 2008/05/28
Seat 1: wookie78 (8,680)
Seat 2: cimeronn100 (1,376)
Seat 3: jojodezil (8,936)
Seat 4: Hennesy x (5,015)
Seat 5: scope-dee (13,920)
Seat 6: orllv (6,543)
Seat 7: vasika (13,340)
Seat 8: sintik222 (7,816)
Seat 9: Tony Pisser (9,620)
cimeronn100 posts the small blind of 100
jojodezil posts the big blind of 200
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Tony Pisser [Jc Jd]
Hennesy x folds
scope-dee raises to 13,920, and is all in
Tony Pisser calls 9,620, and is all in
scope-dee shows [Qh 3d]
Tony Pisser shows [Jc Jd]
Uncalled bet of 4,300 returned to scope-dee
*** FLOP *** [Kh Ah Kd]
*** TURN *** [Kh Ah Kd] [3h]
*** RIVER *** [Kh Ah Kd 3h] [5d]
scope-dee shows two pair, Kings and Threes
Tony Pisser shows two pair, Kings and Jacks
Tony Pisser wins the pot (19,540) with two pair, Kings and Jacks
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 19,540 | Rake 0
Board: [Kh Ah Kd 3h 5d]
Seat 1: wookie78 (button) didn't bet (folded)
Seat 2: cimeronn100 (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: jojodezil (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: Hennesy x didn't bet (folded)
Seat 5: scope-dee showed [Qh 3d] and lost with two pair, Kings and Threes
Seat 6: orllv didn't bet (folded)
Seat 7: vasika didn't bet (folded)
Seat 8: sintik222 didn't bet (folded)
Seat 9: Tony Pisser showed [Jc Jd] and won (19,540) with two pair, Kings and Jacks
More later, but just a reminder that this thing gets goofy, silly, and fun sometimes. (I complain too much.)
16 left in the FTOPS $300r 6-max.
Full Tilt Poker Game #6422686934: FTOPS Event #16 (45241217), Table 115 - 4000/8000 Ante 1000 - No Limit Hold'em - 4:14:35 ET - 2008/05/15
Seat 1: Tony Pisser (337,447)
Seat 2: Trelana (131,026)
Seat 4: NEONPILS99 (954,147)
Seat 5: stuckmyass (549,219)
Seat 6: tedsfishfry (493,408)
Tony Pisser antes 1,000
Trelana antes 1,000
NEONPILS99 antes 1,000
stuckmyass antes 1,000
tedsfishfry antes 1,000
stuckmyass posts the small blind of 4,000
tedsfishfry posts the big blind of 8,000
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to Tony Pisser [Tc Th]
Tony Pisser raises to 19,800
Trelana has 15 seconds left to act
stuckmyass calls 15,800
*** FLOP *** [Td Kc 8h]
Tony Pisser bets 28,000
stuckmyass has 15 seconds left to act
stuckmyass raises to 85,000
Tony Pisser has 15 seconds left to act
Tony Pisser has requested TIME
Tony Pisser raises to 316,647, and is all in
stuckmyass calls 231,647
Tony Pisser shows [Tc Th]
stuckmyass shows [Ks Ac]
*** TURN *** [Td Kc 8h] [Kh]
*** RIVER *** [Td Kc 8h Kh] [8s]
Tony Pisser shows a full house, Tens full of Kings
stuckmyass shows a full house, Kings full of Eights
stuckmyass wins the pot (685,894) with a full house, Kings full of Eights
Tony Pisser: OMFG
Tony Pisser stands up